Mark De-Clive Lowe and Miguel Atwood Ferguson on Board for Paradise.

Via Mark De Clive-Lowe‘s Facebook and Instagram Feeds regarding Miguel Atwood -Ferguson on “Paradise.” I’ve been getting over the flu and didn’t make the session, though I know it was in great hands!

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-finished the new production ‘Paradise’ for Jody Watley tonight – complete with strings arranged and played by the one n only Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (official) – Ms Watley’s new EP of the same name (Paradise) will be out soon and has a second production also by me called ‘Dawn’ – with drums by NZ’s Frank Booker. soon come! our first virtual collaboration was when i did the keys for Phil Asher’s Restless Soul remix of ‘Photographs’, followed by my own remix of Jody’s ‘Midnight Lounge’ for The Makeover. We followed that up with ‘Tonight’s the Night’ on Strictly Rhythm Records… it’s a pleasure to be keeping the collaboration going! — with Jody Watley.

Mark De Clive-Lowe and Jody Watley (c) 2013

Mark De Clive-Lowe and Jody Watley (c) 2013

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Mark De Clive – Lowe

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

 

Jody Watley Wants To Take Us To Paradise.

 

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“Paradise is basically a party record created and inspired in classic soul dance records in many ways..a celebration of feel good music, with lyrics that make you feel like getting out, or turning up the volume in your car. Paradise is about living life and creating special moments today with music as the motivator, the backdrop. I’m very much about that – to remind people of that. There’s enough time to worry and other heavy things. In these songs I want everyone to feel an sense of escape and joy from beginning to end. Paradise is about the celebration of being alive and having a good time – especially for my core diehard fans who have been with me no matter what and no care that I’m older. They know I’m still fabulous and so are they!” – Jody Watley

‘Paradise’ – with co-production by Mark De-Clive Lowe, Count De Money, Soulpersona and Luminodisco.

 

Jody Watley. Classic Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Feature.

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I believe I’m still a rebel in many ways — always on my own path no matter what. You can’t break new ground if you stay in the box. It’s common for artists to do fashion layouts now — in the early days of my solo career, it was not. I pushed to be in these magazine because my Mom always had fashion magazines in the house. I remember seeing Beverly Johnson, Iman and later Naomi Campbell. I wanted to do that – there was no black artist at the time who was being featured like this. I’m proud to have quietly made it acceptable and coveted. This was my second feature of 3.

Jody Watley. Harper's Bazaar November 1991. Photographed by Andrea Blanch

Jody Watley. Harper’s Bazaar November 1991. Photographed by Andrea Blanch

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Harper’s Bazaar, November 1991. Interview:

Love Interest ” A lot of people think love songs don’t count,” says Jody Watley. “There’s a feeling that of you’re not singing about the homeless or the environment, you’re not singing about anything that matters.: But, the stunning dance diva explains, “The environment at home is what we bring into the world and we need to look at that before we can solve our other problems.” On her new album “Affairs of the Heart”, Watley is trying to weave her social concerns into the kind of infectious love songs that have filled two platinum albums and won her a 1987 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Watley wrote or co-wrote most of the songs on ‘Heart’ and also tried her hand at executive producing for the first time. “Win or lose, this one is my baby. Since her early days in the 80’s trio Shalamar, Watley’s reputation has rested on a rebellious fashion sense and a taste for up-tempo,, sexy grooves, but this album marks a shift in emphasis to more sophisticated ballads. She claims the change was inspired by the charming ultranontraditional version of Cole Porter’s “After You, Who?” she contributed to last years Red, Hot and Blue AIDS charity project. “I think I hadn’t challenged myself enough before that”, she says. “Now I’m trying to grow up as an artist.”

This more refined sound is also reflected in a more glamorous look. Just as she sees her love songs as an opportunity to for social commentary, Watley considers style a reflection of something more lasting that the latest fashion. “I passed a high school the other day,” she recalls, “and the kids outside looked terrible, like they had no pride in themselves. I think it would be great if they had someone they looked up to who had a classic quality, because they’re the next generation, and if their minds are anything like the way they’re dressed, we’re in trouble.” With “Affairs of the Heart”. Jody Watley may become our first role model. – Alan Light

 

 

Today’s Jody Watley Tune. Nightlife ‘Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix’

Came across this cool montage to the “Nightlife” Soulpersona Classic Soul Remix featuring vocals by Shalamar’s original male lead Gerald Brown. Check it out!

“Paradise” coming June 2014. Stay tuned for more details!

Jody Watley. Celebrating the Nightlife. Shalamar Reunion at Giorgio’s.

Original lead of Shalamar Gerald Brown finally got to experience the fabulousness that is “Giorgio’s” this past Saturday on Easter weekend. If you’re not totally familiar with Gerald and you call yourself a Shalamar fan – get the knowledge, because “Take That To The Bank” is one of the groups signature hits. We were in the group together when I was a teen. Back then was always protective and someone who tried to teach about this business, contracts, etc. Through the years, he’s come out to support and let me know how proud he is of me. A devoted and loving father, Gerald is in town visiting his daughter whose son is having surgery. Of course I told him “You must come to Giorgio’s!” A major portion of the video was filmed there, so it has an additional significance beyond being my favorite place to go dance and enjoy classic disco and funk. We also were able to celebrate the success of “Nightlife” which made it into the Top 5 Urban UK at #5 and Top 10, at #6 Commercial Pop.  “Nightlife” also made it to the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Singles to begin 2014. A special thank you to Bryan Rabin, Adam Bravin the Giorgio’s family and my best friend Wallace for making the evening extra special. It’s in the music!

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown - two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Nightlife-ized. Jody Watley and Gerald Brown – two Shalamar originals. Design: Ray Easmon.

Gerald Brown, Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin, Jody Watley - A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Gerald Brown, my best friend and assistant Wallace Butts, Bryan Rabin renowned event producer man behind Giorgio’s (along with DJ Adam Bravin) Jody Watley – A Night to Remember! Photo: © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio's. Photo 9c) 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley. Gerald Brown, Bryan Rabin at Giorgio’s. Photo ©  2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the 'Nightlife" at Giorgio's. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Jody Watley with Wallace Butts celebrate the ‘Nightlife” at Giorgio’s. Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Design: Ray Easmon

Jody Watley and Gerald Brown. Original Shalamar lead vocalists. Nightlife-ized. Design: Ray Easmon

“Nightlife” featuring Gerald Brown- The Soulpersona Classic Soul Mix.

Shalamar Classic with Gerald Brown “Take That To The Bank”

 

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Shalamar days with Gerald Brown receiving Disco Award for Take That To The Bank in Australia, 1978

Jody Watley. Paradise Update.

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The title song “Paradise” is written with the brilliant and diverse Mark De Clive-Lowe. For my die-hard fans, you’ll know this isn’t the first time we’ve collaborated. If you missed it, check out my release “The Makeover’ for the Midnight Lounge (MDCL remix) as well as Mark De-Clive Lowe featuring Jody Watley on “Tonight’s The Night.” The title song “Paradise”, thanks to Mr. De Clive-Lowe will also include a splash of strings by the one and only Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Mark and I also collaborate on “The Dawn”, another dance-floor gem from “Paradise.” I can’t tell you how happy I am and I want you all to feel it too. It’s in the music!

Stay tuned! “Paradise”comes in June.

Thought of the Day. Music and Paradise.

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

Photo © 2014 Jody Watley

“Once the music hits your soul – there is no place to go but paradise.” – Jody Watley, from the forthcoming “Paradise”

Music just takes me there – wherever there is on any particular day.